What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

– Annie Lamott

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

– Dwight Eisenhower

"Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day." - Zen Proverb

Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

– Zen Proverb

Believe that life is worth living

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

– William James

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– e.e. cummings

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Do or do not. There is no try.

– Yoda

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel.

– I Federman

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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

– Jonathan Safran Foer

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A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

– Alan Watts

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Wherever you are, be there. If you can be fully present now, you’ll know what it means to live.

– Steve Goodier

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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

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A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

– Chinese proverb

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

– Albert Szent Gyorgyi

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Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

– Thomas Edison

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You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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